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US Nationwide protests planned if Trump fires Mueller or Rosenstein

00:11  12 april  2018
00:11  12 april  2018 Source:   reuters.com

Trump 'certainly believes he has the power' to fire Mueller, White House says

  Trump 'certainly believes he has the power' to fire Mueller, White House says President Donald Trump "believes he has the power to" fire special counsel Robert Mueller, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday. "He certainly believes he has the power to do so," Sanders said when asked whether Trump believes he has that power.She did not suggest Trump would be moving to fire Mueller.Under the special counsel regulations, Mueller may be "disciplined or removed from office only by the personal action of the attorney general.

Trump would also trigger protests if he fired Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein , who is responsible for overseeing the Russia probe, or U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Wednesday he had been assured Trump did not intend to fire Mueller . Other groups behind the planned

U.S. progressive groups are gearing up for nationwide protests if President Donald Trump fires the special counsel investigating Russian. An ouster of Special Counsel Robert Mueller would signal that Trump was acting as if he was above the law, said MoveOn.org, which is planning 800

Donald J. Trump, Robert Mueller are posing for a picture © Provided by Green Bay Press-Gazette U.S. progressive groups are gearing up for nationwide protests should President Donald Trump fire the special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, or replace the deputy U.S. attorney general overseeing the probe.

An ouster of Special Counsel Robert Mueller would signal that Trump was acting as if he was above the law, said MoveOn.org, which is planning 800 demonstrations across the country.

Every state will have at least one "Nobody Is Above The Law" rally and at least 320,000 people have pledged to attend so far, according to MoveOn's website.

Graham uses Fox News appearance to ask Trump not to fire Mueller

  Graham uses Fox News appearance to ask Trump not to fire Mueller Sen. Lindsey Graham asked President Trump during an appearance on Fox News to not fire special counsel Robert Mueller, who is currently investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election. "Mr. President, if you're watching, I think you're gonna be fine unless you screw this up," Graham said on Fox News. "Let the process play out. I don't believe you colluded with th e Russians, but Mueller will soon tell us. The Cohen situation I am convinced has got nothing to do with Russia.

U.S. progressive groups are gearing up for nationwide protests should President Donald Trump fire the special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the Firing Mueller or Rosenstein would be akin to President Richard Nixon's "Saturday Night Massacre" in which he ousted a number of officials

FILE PHOTO: Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after briefing members of the U.S. Senate on his investigation into potential collusion between (Reuters) - U.S. progressive groups are gearing up for nationwide protests if President Donald Trump fires the special counsel investigating Russian

Trump would also trigger protests if he fired Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is responsible for overseeing the Russia probe, or if Trump pardoned any of his associates who have been targeted in the investigation, such as Paul Manafort, a former Trump election campaign chairman who is facing two indictments in different federal courts brought by Mueller, MoveOn said.

Trump has been critical of the Mueller investigation, calling it a "witch hunt". He threatened to fire Mueller after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the offices of Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, on Monday, based partly on a referral by the special counsel.

Other groups behind the planned protests include Friends of the Earth, the American Federation of Teachers, and veterans organizations, MoveOn said.

Comey 'highly confident' deputy attorney general will refuse to fire special counsel

  Comey 'highly confident' deputy attorney general will refuse to fire special counsel Former FBI Director James Comey says he's "highly confident" that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would refuse to fire special counsel Robert Mueller if ordered to do so by President Donald Trump. "I think, given his experience with me, that he has an opportunity in overseeing Bob Mueller to restore some of his professional reputation," Comey said of Rosenstein, the Justice Department official who penned the memo that the White House cited as the basis for Comey's ouster, according to a transcript of an interview with ABC News posted Sunday.

U.S. progressive groups are gearing up for nationwide protests if President Donald Trump fires the special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, or replaces the Justice Department official overseeing the probe.

Nationwide protests planned if President Trump moves against Mueller or Rosenstein . Trump himself wouldn’t say whether he would ever fire Mueller or Rosenstein , the deputy attorney general, when asked last week.

"If Trump fires special counsel Robert Mueller, it will create a constitutional crisis," said MoveOn, which recently supported the March For Our Lives gun control protest in Washington.

The White House said on Tuesday that Trump "believes he has the power" to fire Mueller, who has widened his probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow.

Russia has denied that it meddled in the election, and Trump has said there was no collusion between his campaign and Russia.

Firing Mueller or Rosenstein would be akin to President Richard Nixon's "Saturday Night Massacre" in which he ousted a number of officials investigating the Watergate scandal, said MoveOn campaign director David Sievers.

MoveOn has called for Trump's impeachment and is urging U.S. lawmakers to consider taking that step in the event the president fires officials involved in the Russia probe, Sievers said in a telephone interview.

A bipartisan group of senators is expected to introduce legislation on Wednesday to protect the office of the special counsel. (Reporting By Andrew Hay in New Mexico Editing by Frank McGurty and David Gregorio)

Rosenstein tells Trump he is not a target of Michael Cohen investigation .
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told President Trump last week that the president is not a target in the Michael Cohen investigation, and that the investigation is focused solely on Cohen, the president's personal attorney, a source familiar with the probe told Fox News on Thursday. Trump has been told previously that he is not a target of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.The source also said the Cohen investigation, together with the abrupt departure of John Dowd from Trump's legal team, slowed, but did not halt talks about Trump sitting down for a potential interview with Mueller.

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